Advanced prostheses and cost reduction with 3D printing
Until yesterday, it took weeks, sometimes months, to get a traditional prosthesis. Because each one had to be made "to measure" and the price was therefore particularly high. High tech prostheses that were also suitable for sports activities were a privilege for a few.
Making prostheses more democratic, by making them with 3D printing, would lead millions of people to benefit from this technology. Soon they will be integrated into everyday life.
Body scanning technologies also allow you to create natural-looking models.
Technological developments from the world of innovation lead to the introduction of new skills, sensors and sophisticated algorithms with the aim of making movements increasingly natural (as shown by the projects carried out at MIT by researcher Hugh Herr). Not to mention that 3D printers are becoming compatible with new materials, such as lightweight titanium.
The future of artificial intelligence prostheses
Making prostheses more democratic, by making them with 3D printing, would lead millions of people to benefit from this technology
For example, research is already working to create a synthetic and intelligent skin - with built-in sensors - that simulates the tactile feedback of human skin, making it possible to feel pressure, temperature and even humidity. But how could you feed such a futuristic material? A group of researchers at the University of Glasgow in the UK have developed a version that would use the sun's rays to power those sensors that allow electronic skin to mimic human skin.
The Italian bionic hand with a sense of touch
Almerina Mascarello, now 55 years old, lost her left hand and part of her forearm in an accident twenty years ago and was chosen as one of the subjects subjected to medical tests for the new type of prosthesis.